City of Costa Mesa

The Parks and Community Services Department is committed to enhancing the community through the delivery of innovative recreational programs; quality parks and facilities; and services that promote social, physical and emotional well-being for all abilities. The Parks and Community Services Department provides the citizens of Costa Mesa with a diverse variety of high-quality recreation facilities, programs and services. The department operates three community centers: the Norma Hertzog Community Center, the Downtown Recreation Center and the Balearic Community Center along with the Costa Mesa Senior Center. The department allocates and monitors athletic field use, and provides youth, teen and adult recreation classes. The department also manages the operating agreements for the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club and the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

The Parks and Community Services Director reports to the City Manager or designee and is responsible for overseeing all of the operations of the Parks and Community Services Department.


  • Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, recreation, horticulture or a closely related field. 
  • Experience: Several years of increasingly responsible experience in the management of a comprehensive community services, recreation and/ or parks programs.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in parks and recreation operations, working with commissions and committees, open space management including maintenance and trails planning, funding and acquisition, park construction and use of public buildings and parks facilities in a comprehensive parks and recreation program. The ideal candidate will be a creative, community engaged leader with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City Management, City Council, department leaders, public/private partnerships, and within the community. 

The ideal candidate should be an outstanding leader of employees who provides guidance and professional support to staff, inspiring them to achieve excellence through continuous improvement and professional development. Effective communication along with strong collaboration and team building skills will be necessary for this individual to be successful; advanced written and oral communication skills are imperative. The ideal candidate will promote inclusivity, diversity and equity and create an inclusive and team-oriented work environment that allows for diversity of thought, viewpoints, and experiences. 

It is preferable for candidates to have prior experience with parkland acquisition and development, large scale park operations and maintenance, asset management, capital improvement and construction projects, recreation, youth sports programming, as well as experience managing and maintaining golf courses and large multi-use recreation facilities and sports complexes.

The annual salary for the Parks and Community Services Director is up to $210,000 with the starting salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Please follow this link to view the Parks & Community Services Director Brochure. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to by Friday, December 15, 2023. Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.